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Description

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.

Screenshots

Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Enemy tanks are hiding in these buildings
Sky Shark DOS It's possible to switch CGA palettes, here is an example
Sky Shark NES The game begins
Sky Shark Atari ST Credits screen.

Promo Images

Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5
Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Jun 30, 2001 A- 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1989 895 out of 1000 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1988 784 out of 1000 78
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Sep, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Retrogaming History Atari ST Dec 01, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders. This was coded by Andrew Parton although he was not credited on the cassette box, which instead listed the programmers of the Spectrum version.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.

Aircraft

Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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